Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA Tourist Attractions and Travel

Founded in 1870, the Metropolitan Museum of Art is located in New York City's Central Park along Fifth Avenue. There are several large museums in New York but the Metropolitan Museum of Art is truly gigantic. From the sidewalk on Fifth Avenue, the Met, with its tall columns and windows, immense stairways and water fountains, looks like it could be an emperor palace. The size and diversity of the artwork on display is even more impressive; the museum collection contains works from every part of the world, spanning the Stone Age to the twentieth century. The Egyptian Art gallery includes a whole temple that was shipped to America as a gift.

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art is two-million-square-foot building has vast holdings that represent a series of collections, each of which ranks in its category among the finest in the world. The American Wing, for example, houses the world's most comprehensive collection of American paintings, sculpture, and decorative arts, presently including 24 period rooms that offer an unparalleled view of American history and domestic life.

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art is approximately 2,500 European paintings form one of the greatest such collections in the world's Rembrandts and Vermeers alone are among the choicest, not to mention the collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist canvases. Virtually all of the 36,000 objects constituting the greatest collection of Egyptian art outside Cairo are on display, while the Islamic art collection is one of the world's finest. Other major collections belonging to the Museum include arms and armor, Asian art, costumes, European sculpture and decorative arts, medieval and Renaissance art, musical instruments, drawings, prints, antiquities from around the ancient world, photography, and modern art.

 

The finest collection of American art in the world, a selection of ancient Egyptian art that rivals any outside of Cairo, and an amazing array of European painting and sculpture--these are just some of the reasons why the Met remains the cultural touchstone of the arts-dense city. In most every artistic field, these vast collections are good-to-outstanding--and often superlative.

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In addition to the American and Egyptian art, the Greco-Roman galleries and European paintings are some of the finest in the world, and feature important works from just about every country, period and style. Given the breadth of its offerings, the Met is best taken in small doses. Fortunately, the museum has a pay-what-you-wish policy that allows entry for as little as a quarter.

 

The Cloisters, the branch of The Metropolitan Museum of Art devoted to the art and architecture of medieval Europe, was assembled from architectural elements, both domestic and religious, that date from the twelfth through the fifteenth century. The building and its cloistered gardens, located in Fort Tryon Park in northern Manhattan, are treasures in themselves, effectively part of the collection housed there.

 

In addition to the viewing the greatest art of the world in the museum's permanent collection, visitors are also presented an extraordinary array of special exhibitions.

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What can one say about Metropolitan Museum of Art  that hasn't already been said? This is an incredible place for anyone interested in art to visit. I moved to NYC in the 80s for college, I loved how whether visiting here for a school assignment, or w/ friends seeking an afternoon immersed in another world, I would always see something different at the Met. That hold true through today. One thing that had always helped me get the most out of Met visits is picking one or two departments/exhibits per person to see, then heading for those, allowing yourselves to be distracted along the way. If you go here without even a rough plan, you're sure to get tired out within the first several galleries in the front, LOL. We just visited recently to check out the Koons roof exhibit (terrific on a nice day, there's also a cool Rodin up there) then to see the Costume Institute's fun Superheroes exhibit, while wandering historic rooms that I had seen many times before displaying European decorative art & stumbling upon some modern paintings that we had never seen...it was a wonderful afternoon at the Met. I've never taken a tour here but I imagine if you're visiting from out of town & can only visit once, that maybe it's a good idea. OR, just pick a few galleries to see, meander towards them, & promise yourself you'll see other parts of the museum another day in your life. They do have a "suggested" admission ($20 for adults) & they request those visiting special exhibits pay the full amount. But if you're strapped for cash, there's no guilt in giving the several dollars you can spare (less than that I think would be slightly obnoxious but yet still allowed). From the moment you take in the impressive facade, ascend the massive stairs & enter the museum, until the time you leave, you will transport yourself to a spectacular world of art. Truly a must-see.

 

Getting at least a little bit lost at the Met is inevitable. Floor plans help, but only so much. Despite their seeming complexity, though, the galleries are arranged to help you navigate through with ease. If you get mixed up, there are always museum personnel nearby who can give you directions If you planning on visiting the Met and another museum on Museum Mile in one trip, you have to prioritize; going through the entire Met is a full day (or two) affair. The Met is a must see when visiting New York and is always worth another trip.

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Schedule:

 

Friday and Saturday 9:30 a.m.- 9:00 p.m.
Sunday 9:30 a.m.- 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 9:30 a.m.- 5:30 p.m.
Monday Closed Closed Mondays (except as listed below), January 1, Thanksgiving Day, December 25
Galleries are cleared at 5:15 p.m., Sundays, Thursday, and 8:45 p.m., Friday and Saturday
The Main Building of the Metropolitan Museum and its galleries, public restaurants, and shops will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on the following Met Holiday Mondays: Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Presidents' Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day Weekend, Labor Day and Columbus Day 



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